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neume

[noom, nyoom] /num, nyum/
noun
1.
any of various symbols representing from one to four notes, used in the musical notation of the Middle Ages but now employed solely in the notation of Gregorian chant in the liturgical books of the Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of neume
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin neuma < Greek pneûma breath
Related forms
neumatic
[noo-mat-ik, nyoo-] /nuˈmæt ɪk, nyu-/ (Show IPA),
neumic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for neume

neume

/njuːm/
noun
1.
(music) one of a series of notational symbols used before the 14th century
Derived Forms
neumic, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin neuma group of notes sung on one breath, from Greek pneuma breath
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